Wow, talk about a blast from the past. An alright show, though I wish it could have been more realistic. It preserved all the flaws of the movie, left out some of the best parts of the movie, and gimped its versions of the best characters from the movie. The movie also includes the worst changes in the American adaptation of the original live-action film, the Magnificent Seven
More on topic, I'm somewhat surprised to see them dredging this out of the vault to run on "Toonami". Since it is late-night, there are other older violent/racy shows that Funimation could put on there. Running Witchblade back to back with Samurai 7 could be hilarious; seeing R Bruce Elliott going from the "badass" Samurai leader to a power-tripping old man who
goes crazy and eats his own precious bodily fluids from a broken test tube
could be nothing but hilarious.
Gotta say, if they want to run a Samurai show, Samurai Champloo should be the only choice as it was by far the best. Crazy Samurai action with realism instead of the ridiculousness of Samurai 7's action, like leaping 50 feet in the air and slicing through the steel of clunky, metaphoric former-samurai mecha.
I find it a poor choice since it has aired elsewhere before. Sure it was kind of limited but on top of that it has been out for a while and most have seen it one way or another. If ratings dip to much we say bye bye to Toonami again. Guess a question would be is Adult Swim picking these shows or is Funimation? I'd have gone with a never seen on American TV show like Sengoku Basara or something like one of the Tenchi Series (Tenchi Universe) that would bring more nostalgia viewers back in to the fold.
It is really a shame that Sentai can/does not get in on the action as I believe they have more shows that would suit the Adult Swim/Toonami Anime viewer better.
That all said I honestly did not like Samurai 7 very much when I watched it on IFC. Guess this all could be worse they could rerun Trinity Blood.
I just don't see the current lineup getting anyone into anime. Maybe samurai 7 will, even though it isn't that great it was still sufficiently renown to be featured in recent mainstream American tv, but I know that this lineup of older anime classics and future SAVE titles wouldn't get me into anime if I weren't already (which is the target audience as anime fans will know to stream/buy/download the shows).
Animidnight on Encore Action had a much better selection of titles back in "the day", and it had the disadvantage of doing this well before some of the most awesome shows were even made.
And so the latest Bleach story arc ends and the Ghost in the Shell cycle starts up again forever. The AS schedule lists a new (to Toonami) show to follow Deadman Wonderland. A few folks on this thread have seen the new show somewhere previously and, unsurprisingly, don't like it. I look forward to it. Especially since DirecTV has long ago stopped reliably updating the TAN channel VOD programs. This VOD situation is not helping if there is a desire to introduce adult, especially Sentai, anime to potential fans. At least Funi is able to get some material "broadcast", even if it isn't their best. And streaming is no substitute.
Last Edit: 9 months, 2 weeks ago by aldebaran66. Reason: gm
I would think of it this way people. It's not about the shows, it's all about coming together and supporting a great block with TOM. While both shows are nothing new, I personally haven't seen the lucky 7's in a long time so they'll feel fresh again. Then there's Casshern Sins to consider when that finishes.